Letters: History appreciated

Historical column by Elida Peers draws favourable comments

Thank you to Elida Peers for the interesting article on Owechemis, a Nitnat Princess, October 9, 2013. I was particularly interested due to the fact that George Woodruff’s name was mentioned.

George’s father was George Manhatten Woodruff who was born at sea in 1850 on a voyage from New York back to England. One year later, the 1851 census shows the Woodruff family as living in Gloucester, England. I know this to be true because my great grandmother, Julia Jeeves (nee Woodruff) was his sister. In 1853, as a two-month-old baby, my great grandmother and the rest of the Woodruff family came to Canada and settled in St. Catherine’s, Ontario.

George Woodruff, who is mentioned in your article, was one of 10 children born to George Manhatten Woodruff and Mary Ann Turpin. He was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1879. My great grandmother Julia therefore, would have been his aunt.

With a genuine interest in genealogy and my own family history, I would be willing to share any pertinent information with the descendants of George Woodruff and Ida White.

Claudia Berry

East Sooke

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